National Geographic Young Explorers – Beyond the Edge

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Returning to Parque Patagonia to Map Trails, Change

Ross Donihue and Marty Schnure received a National Geographic Young Explorers grant. I’m riding shotgun in a diesel Mitsubishi 4×4 truck as we take curve after curve of washboard dirt roads. Beads of sweat form on my forehead as we take a hairpin turn and I roll down my window to gulp the fresh air.…

Kilauea, Far From Ordinary

I took a photograph the other day like I occasionally do. It started out like such an ordinary day; the sun rose from the East as it always does. The birds began to chirp and the chickens began to stir right at dawn, perfectly on time like they always are. I opened my eyes like…

Confessions of an Adventure Guide

“Precious” emerges from the whitewater like a newborn child escaping from the womb, eyes closed and arms flailing, in a frantic and futile attempt to escape from the rushing creek that is not too far above the temperature of the snow that feeds it.  Her eyes are as wide as the moon as she slowly…

Canoeing to the Arctic Ocean: Seek the Joy

I’m on a commercial flight out of Cambridge Bay, a dusty Inuit settlement on Nunavut’s Victoria Island. My five best friends and I just completed a 1,000-mile, 58-day canoe expedition to the Arctic Ocean, and I’m desperately trying to get a grip on my feelings. Since coming off the trip, I’ve found it nearly impossible…

Nobody’s River: The Rewards of a Difficult Journey

“Why would you come to this place that God forgot?” asked Natalia. Her kind eyes and shockingly clear English made the dingy beach we had just landed on and Soviet-era landscape of Komsomolsk Na Amure feel suddenly more welcoming. I had asked myself a similar question many times during the two weeks before our arrival…